4 Reasons Why Businesses Should Upgrade to Windows® 7
In 2011, several business firms across the globe upgraded their systems to Windows 7 and in 2012, more companies plan to migrate to Windows 7. Businesses which have computers running Windows XP or Windows Vista and plan to move directly to Windows 8 by skipping Windows 7 could find themselves in a spot of bother. In a survey of 2,642 IT professionals and business analysts conducted by TechTarget, it was found that a majority of technology departments intend to upgrade to Windows 7 in 2012. Approximately 41% of the survey’s respondents regarded Windows 7 migration as a top priority this year. Here we discuss the reasons why it would be prudent for businesses to upgrade to Windows 7 and not wait for Windows 8.
Windows 8 deployment
Windows 8 Consumer Preview has been launched but the retail editions are not expected until October 2012. In the report “Worldwide System Infrastructure Software 2012 Top 10 Predictions”, IDC analysts state that in the case of traditional PCs, there won’t be much upgrade activity from Windows 7 to Windows 8. A major reason for this is that the new Metro interface of Windows 8 is more suitable for tablets and other touch-screen devices rather than for desktops or laptops. Gartner predicts that after Windows 8 is launched, businesses and software vendors will need 9 to 18 months to test applications on Windows 8 and deploy the new OS. This means enterprises may not be able to switch over their networks completely to Windows 8 before 2013. As support for Windows XP ends in 2014, it could be risky for businesses to skip upgrading to Windows 7.
End of support for Windows XP in April 2014
The official Microsoft support for Windows XP (Service Pack 3) ends on April 8, 2014. This means that after the end of support date, Microsoft will not provide updates, security patches, and online assistance for Windows XP. In the absence of security updates, Windows XP-based PCs could become vulnerable to malware such as viruses, Trojans, etc. Microsoft’s support for Windows 7 (Service Pack 1) will be available till January 14, 2020. Therefore, it is advisable to upgrade Windows XP to Windows 7 much before the end of official support.
Windows 7 can help in increasing productivity
With the advanced features of Windows 7, one thing is for sure that more work can be done in lesser time on Windows 7 as compared to other operating systems. Desktop enhancements such as Shake, Peek, Snap, a re-designed taskbar, new gadgets, and lots more offer ways to improve efficiency. Windows 7 Search function takes lesser time to return query results and it’s easier to manage the results. Windows 7 also helps to speed up a computer as it takes up lesser graphics memory and RAM usage reduces when the system is idle. The 64-bit Windows 7 editions offer the advantage of high speed.
Some programs may not work with the new OSÂ
Resolving application compatibility issues is one of the major challenges that are faced by IT professionals when upgrading an operating system. Ensuring compatibility of the old programs with the new OS can be a difficult task. But in the case of Windows 7, it’s not much of a problem. Most of the applications designed for Windows XP are compatible with Windows 7. There’s also Windows XP Mode in Windows 7 Professional, Ultimate, and Enterprise editions to run other Windows XP programs that are incompatible.
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